Photovoltaic (PV) and Thermo-electric energy harvesters for charging applications

Chitta Saha, M. Nazmul Huda, Asim Mumtaz, Anjan Debnath, Sanju Thomas, Robert Jinks

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Significant technical progress is currently ongoing in the field of energy harvesting technologies. This paper presents a study of both photovoltaic (PV) and thermo-electric energy harvesting techniques in the context of mobile phone applications. The paper includes performance analysis of a macro scale PV module and a thermo-electric generator (investigated under different conditions), together with a single diode electrical equivalent circuit model of the solar PV developed using MATLAB/Simulink. Additionally experimental results of the PV module are verified via simulation. To complete the study a PV module is integrated with a DC/DC adjustable converter and solar charge controller (3A CMTP02) to charge a smart mobile phone in order to assimilate charging capacity and feasibility of macro scale energy harvesting devices.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104685
JournalMicroelectronics Journal
Early online date23 Dec 2019
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020

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NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Microelectronics Journal. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms
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Microelectronics Journal, 96, (2020) DOI:10.1016/j.mejo.2019.104685

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  • Energy harvesters
  • Solar PV
  • Thermoelectric
  • Mobile charging


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